Chicago Tribune4 min readInternational Relations
Commentary: Ukrainians Won’t Submit To Russian Rule. The Horrors Of The Holodomor Help Explain Why
The last Saturday in November this year marked Holodomor Memorial Day, the 90th anniversary of the Great Famine when Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s autocratic regime ruthlessly starved 4 million Ukrainians to death. This horrific event is part of the h
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Paul Sullivan: Northwestern Upsets No. 1 Purdue But Still Is Playing The Underdog Despite A Rare Taste Of March Madness
Northwestern coach Chris Collins didn’t expect the Wildcats to get the benefit of the doubt. Not even after finishing second in the Big Ten last season or beating No. 1 Purdue in February or winning its NCAA Tournament opener against Boise State or l
Chicago Tribune3 min readCrime & Violence
Father Of Palestinian Boy, 6, Killed In Alleged Hate Crime In Illinois Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit: ‘I Lost My Everything’
CHICAGO — Odai Alfayoumi struggled to find words Friday when asked how he is doing a month and a half after the death of his son, Wadee Alfayoumi, the Palestinian 6-year-old boy stabbed to death in Plainfield Township in what police call a hate crime
Chicago Tribune3 min readCrime & Violence
Commentary: Universities’ Shifting Policies Toward Speech Are Not Only Hypocritical But Also Illegal
The acrimonious discourse around the Oct. 7 atrocities against Israelis and Israel’s response to the Hamas attack is causing havoc in higher education. Not only have universities, thus far, failed to punish student speech celebrating the killing of I
Chicago Tribune4 min readAmerican Government
Commentary: A Gen Zer Offers Advice To President Joe Biden As He Gears Up For His Reelection Bid
If Joe Biden wins in 2024, he will make history by being the oldest person elected to the presidency. That month, he’ll turn 82. There is no shortage of people who doubt Biden’s ability to campaign. Polls and pundits are quick to connect Biden’s age
Chicago Tribune2 min readCrime & Violence
Ex-Chicago Firefighter Sentenced To 2 Months Behind Bars For Role In Jan. 6 Insurrection
A federal judge on Friday sentenced a retired Chicago firefighter to two months in prison, more than two years on house arrest and probation for his role in the attempted Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Federal prosecutors had asked for more
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Review: A Pair Of Scottish Police Dramas Premiere With New Episodes On BritBox
Two Scottish police procedurals premiere new seasons on BritBox, one of the few streaming platforms (along with its rival, Acorn) to focus almost exclusively on TV series from the U.K. Now in its eighth season, “Shetland” is a proven winner. Adapted
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Blackhawks’ Connor Bedard Wins Rookie Of The Month For The First Time
CHICAGO — Chicago Blackhawks forward Connor Bedard won the NHL’s rookie of the month award for November. He posted six goals and six assists in 12 games, registering at least a point in eight of them. Bedard was picked over other contenders, such as
Chicago Tribune4 min readCrime & Violence
Appeals Court Affirms Conviction, Sentence In Jussie Smollett Case
CHICAGO — An Illinois appeals court on Friday ruled that the sentence and conviction against Jussie Smollett should stand, turning another page in the years-old, infamous case. Seeking to overturn a sentence and conviction for falsely reporting a hat
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Foot Injury Will Sideline Bulls’ Zach LaVine For A Week: ‘It Felt A Little Better And Just Progressively Got Worse’
CHICAGO — For Zach LaVine, the last two weeks have been defined by one thing — not the latest round of trade rumors, but an injury to his right foot. The Chicago Bulls star guard will be sidelined a week with a right foot sprain he incurred during a
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NFL Evaluators Praise J.J. McCarthy’s ‘Unbelievable Mind.’ Would Bears Target The Michigan QB And Local Product?
CHICAGO — Facing third-and-10 at the Ohio State 22-yard line in the second quarter Saturday, Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy had wide receiver Cornelius Johnson split wide to the right as his primary read. Ohio State had a safety over the top of t
Chicago Tribune2 min readCrime & Violence
Appeals Court Affirms Conviction, Sentence In Jussie Smollett Case
CHICAGO — An Illinois appeals court on Friday ruled that the sentence and conviction against Jussie Smollett should stand, turning another page in the years-old, infamous case. Smollett appeared in court in person in September as a panel of appellate
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‘Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé' Review: A Bona Fide Superstar Captures A Very Big Tour, For Concert Movie Posterity
They work on different planets, and they do their superstar thing in very different ways, but the recent Taylor Swift concert film was, you know, fine. Whereas “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé” is really good. Beyoncé's outrageously lavish five-month
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Chicago Fed President Goolsbee Says Inflation On Track To Reach 2% Goal
Chicago Fed president Austan Goolsbee said Friday that inflation is on track to slow to the central bank’s goal of 2%. Speaking at the regional bank’s annual economic outlook symposium, Goolsbee said the latest inflation data — which showed consumer
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‘Marijuana Moms’ Take On Prosecutor ‘Dad’ In Controversy Over Mental Health Effects Of Cannabis
CHICAGO — A clash between the Marijuana Moms and a Dad for Mental Health is highlighting an escalating controversy over the effects of cannabis. The moms are a group of lawmakers who helped write the law that legalized pot in Illinois, and the dad is
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‘I Can’t Do A Lot Of Things, But I Can Do This’: How One Chicagoan Is Stepping Up For Migrant Children With Disabilities
CHICAGO — Keinymar Avila, a tiny 7-year-old with microcephaly who has never been separated from her mother, curled up in the arms of a woman she’d recently met. Her mother, Yamile Perez, glanced over at her daughter to make sure all was well as she a
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When Don And Barbara Rickles Met Bob And Ginnie Newhart, They Became Friends For Life — As Told In Judd Apatow’s Latest Film
CHICAGO — Here, ladies and gentlemen, is Bob Newhart: “Somebody called me up and they said, ‘Look, Don Rickles is looking for a best friend … and none of us wanna do it. Would you?’ “And I said, ‘How long?’ “They said, ‘A year at the most.’” Bob Ne
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‘Candy Cane Lane’ Review: My Christmas Wish Is For Eddie Murphy To Find A Better Christmas Movie
Eddie Murphy is 62 and looks about 39. Whatever he’s doing, it’s working — but the same can’t be said for his most recent projects. “Candy Cane Lane” is one of a three-picture deal Murphy has with Amazon, along with the recent, disheartening comedy “
Chicago Tribune3 min readCrime & Violence
Catholic School, Augustinians Settle Sex Abuse Lawsuit For $2 Million, Activists File Complaint Against Chicagoland Dioceses
CHICAGO — Anti-abuse activists lodged a Vatican complaint Thursday in response to a $2 million lawsuit settled by a New Lenox Catholic school and the Augustinian religious order, alleging that the “actions and inaction” by Chicagoland Catholic leader
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Corey Perry Apologizes After His Ouster From Blackhawks And Refutes Speculation: ‘I Have Let You All Down’
CHICAGO — A day after the Chicago Blackhawks formally cut ties with Corey Perry, the NHL veteran issued a statement Thursday apologizing to the team, fans and others, and acknowledged “I am embarrassed and I have let you all down.” The former Hawks w
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The Bulls Are In Turmoil With Seemingly Little To Build On. Is Coach Billy Donovan’s Job In Jeopardy?
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls are ready for change. Executive vice president of basketball operations Artūras Karnišovas made that clear this week. The 6-14 start after their 120-113 overtime victory against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday at the Unite
Chicago Tribune4 min readCrime & Violence
Commentary: How ‘We The People’ Are Overturning The Supreme Court
Who interprets the Constitution? For many decades, the answer to this question was almost always the U.S. Supreme Court. But in the past few years, a dramatic shift has started taking place. Increasingly, voters are taking constitutional interpretati
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He Wrote A Famous Letter To His White Friends In 2021. Now He’s Reclaimed A Property Where Black Families Had Been Pushed Out
CHICAGO -- Evanston, Illinois, resident Steven Rogers penned the 2021 book “A Letter to My White Friends and Colleagues: What You Can Do Right Now to Help the Black Community.” Released on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s killing, it offere
Chicago Tribune4 min readCrime & Violence
Lawyers For Ex-Ald. Ed Burke Move For Mistrial Over ‘Corrupt’ Comment From Witness
Lawyers for former Chicago Ald. Edward Burke have filed a formal motion for a mistrial in his high-profile corruption case, arguing a witness’ off-the-cuff remark that Burke’s actions seemed “corrupt” has tainted the jury and violated Burke’s due pro
Chicago Tribune5 min readCrime & Violence
Jurors Hear ‘Tuna’ Recording For First Time After Judge In Ex-Ald. Burke Trial Rejects Request For Mistrial
Jurors in ex-Ald. Ed Burke’s federal corruption trial on Thursday finally heard, in Burke’s own voice, a phrase already infamous in Chicago political history: “So did we land the, uh, the tuna?” The “tuna” was tax business from developers of the mass
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Commentary: My Students In Prison Have Complex Pasts But Are Now Creating New Stories
In mid-November, 16 men were the first incarcerated students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. As an educator in the program, I have learned that their stories are crucial for healing and growth — for them, certainly,
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‘Maestro’ Review: Bradley Cooper Wields The Baton As Leonard Bernstein. But Carey Mulligan Conducts The Movie
Netflix must be doing something right. Killing its own movies’ theatrical prospects prior to streaming, however, isn’t it. It’s stupid, certainly in the case of “Maestro,” the new film from director, co-writer, producer and star Bradley Cooper. The f
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Picking Through My Awkward Vinyl Past With Jeff Tweedy, Whose New Book Is ‘World Within A Song’
CHICAGO — The road manager for Jeff Tweedy looked at me as if he were being solicited at the airport. Or rather, it was a look I’m guessing he reserves for those times when someone thinks of him as a conduit for getting a band’s demo into Wilco’s han
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Groupon Is Downsizing Once-massive Chicago Headquarters
Struggling online marketplace Groupon, whose massive River North headquarters were once the nexus of the Chicago tech ecosystem, is moving to the Loop and downsizing to a 25,000-square-foot space in the Leo Burnett building. In January, Groupon will
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Paul Sullivan: Andre Dawson Fighting The Odds To Get His Hall Of Fame Plaque’s Cap Changed. ‘My Preference All Along Was As A Cub.’
CHICAGO — Andre Dawson never has let the odds bother him. The former Chicago Cubs slugger overcame 12 knee surgeries during his 21-year, Hall of Fame career, and he famously offered the Cubs a blank contract as a free agent in spring training of 1987
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